Thursday, October 20, 2011

Why are there no sports clothes for baby girls?

Let me preface this by saying that I absolutely love dressing Carina up in frills, ruffles, dresses and ridiculously girly accessories (some of which you will see tomorrow, squeeee!) whenever I can. That said, I was recently thinking that I should try to to diversify her wardrobe, at least a little. So why is it that I cannot find a single onesie or shirt for a baby girl emblazoned with "Mommy's little slugger" or "Daddy's slam dunk"? P.S. do you think that second one is as funny as I do?

I know, I know..."but Mama G, boys play sports." Right. But so do girls. In 2001, 1 in 2.5 girls participated in high school sports1. I bet that number is even higher today. Given such high participation levels, and all of the benefits of physical exercise and being part of a team, it seems logical to me that us Moms of girls would hope for our daughters to play sports someday.

This brings me to {what I think} is an interesting question; how do we choose our babies' clothes? Do we just pick up whatever is cute or on clearance, or do we select items that project upon our children certain ideals - what we hope they will be and/or what we want them to accomplish in life?

Thinking about it now, it's possible that I have been doing the latter...subconsciously. I bought a cute outfit with ballet slippers - and yes, I guess I do intend on enrolling Carina in ballet class someday. I avoided the "Diva" onesie because I would not want to encourage that sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. And while it may adorn a number of your adorable teeny clothes, Carina, I'm sorry to tell you that you can't be a real princess, no matter how badly I would like you to be.

Now I'm curious about all of you - how do you choose your children's clothes? Do your boys sport little baseball onesies? Are your girls running around in "Goddess" tees? I'm probably way overthinking this...

Speaking of sports, be sure to check out my awesome sponsor, Pro Dunk Hoops! They have some of the most innovative sports equipment I have ever seen. In all seriousness, I would much rather Carina ask for one of their hoops than a Barbie dream house someday.
1Women's Sports Foundation, Women's Sports and Physical Activity Facts and Statistics, 2007

Yes, I cite sources. I'm a geek like that.

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